A new 10 year service deal between the Royal Mail and the Post Office will guarantee the future of the Post Office network and ensure that there will be no office closure programmes of the sort introduced by Labour, according to East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson.
After ending Labour’s shameful Post Office closure programme, which saw more than 7100 Post Offices disappear in their 13 years in office like in Auchinairn, Killermont, Courthill and Westerton the Liberal Democrat Postal Services Minister Ed Davey has announced that a ten-year deal between the Post Office and the Royal Mail has been reached. This will ensure that the full range of Royal Mail services, including stamps, parcels, airmail and special delivery will continue to be available at Post Offices in the long term.
The deal comes on top of other recent good news for the Post Office, with extra Government cash kicking in, new national and local government contracts won, successful piloting of new models to transform many local post offices and improvements in financial services offered.
Mr Davey went on to reaffirm the commitment of the coalition government to maintaining the number of Post Offices across the country, pledging that the closure programmes introduced under Labour would not be repeated
Commenting, Jo said:
“Our local Post Offices make an enormous contribution to the economic and social life in our communities. Under Labour, we saw local Post Offices close in Auchinairn, Killermont, Courthill and Westerton By contrast, Liberal Democrats in Government are doing the right thing and giving the Post Office a sustainable future.”
“Post Offices are a vital part of our communities and are the lynchpin of our towns and villages. More than 20 million people visit a Post Office every week to send letters to loved ones, to manage their finances or to renew passports for holidays. Hundreds of thousands of pensioners rely on them every day for their pensions.
“Labour left Royal Mail in a terrible mess and it is Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government who have stopped the closure programme and put Royal Mail and the Post Office on a secure footing. Our plans mean that we will never see the kind of planned closures that devastated local communities under the previous Government.”
- A full copy of the written statement from Ed Davey MP can be seen online athttp://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120124/wmstext/120124m0001.htm#12012443000002